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Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) 2023 African Scholar Program for African Researchers (Fully-funded)

 The Nordic Africa Institute’s African Scholar Program is targeted at researchers based in Africa who need time and a conducive environment for finishing and writing up their ongoing research. It offers a Senior Researcher position at the Nordic Africa Institute for the duration of 12 months. The Nordic Africa Institute is looking for a qualified researcher from African universities and research institutions with demonstrable research interest.

The Senior Researcher under the Institute’s African Scholar Program will develop and execute research projects within at least one of the institute’s research thematic areas, namely:

  • The African continent / countries and the changing face of geopolitics or security issues and roles played by external forces
  • Energy, energy transition and resource politics
  • The African Union, women and gender equity
  • Urbanisation, mobilities, and demographic transition

The successful candidate might use the period of his/her employment at NAI to complete on-going research, develop new research projects, or complete articles, books or monograph manuscripts. The scholar-researcher should take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Nordic Africa Institute and expect to contribute meaningfully towards actualizing NAI’s vision and mandate in return.

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About Nordic Africa Institute

The Nordic Africa Institute conducts research and offers resources that help further understanding about contemporary Africa. We believe that research-based knowledge and analysis offer a solid base for informed decisions and contribute to the fulfilment of the global development agenda.


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NAI African Scholar Program


Aim and Benefits of NAI African Scholar Program

  • Salary is negotiable within the current levels at the institute.

Requirements for NAI African Scholar Program Qualification

 A PhD degree in a social science or humanities disciplines. The applicant should have a considerable experience of work on Africa-related issues.

  • A research/teaching position in university or research institution in Africa.
  • Strong writing ability and capacity to present complex issues in a readable form for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of Africa’s scientific community, policy environment, and other relevant stakeholders and actors in Africa.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

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Application Deadline

August 29, 2022


How to Apply

The application should contain:

  •  Proposal not exceeding 5 pages presenting:

(i) A realistic work plan for the length of stay at the institute – detailing proposed intellectual activities, expected outputs (such as publications, dissemination activities, participation at seminar/workshop/conference activities, and policy engagements);
(ii) Presentation of the on-going research project(s) – objective, questions, theory and method;

  • A complete CV with a list of scientific publications where it is clearly indicated which publications are formally considered as peer reviewed.
  •  Indication of internet addresses to the applicant’s own publications relating to his/her research (a maximum of three publications)
  • Evidence of policy engagement / science-policy communication to non-academic audiences (a 1 page summary, or up to three non-academic outputs)
  • Names and contact details of at least two references.

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their proposed research projects for the Nordic Africa Institute via Zoom.

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For more details,visit NAI website


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